Nnamdi Kanu has violated bail
Why northern youth leaders have not
From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
The Minister of Interior, Lt-Gen
Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (retd), has
accused the leader of the Indigenous
People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, of
violating the bail conditions given him by a
Federal High Court in Abuja.
Dambazau, who made the allegation during
a press conference held in his office in
Abuja yesterday, however noted that it is
left for the Court to determine what
becomes of his action and to what extent
he violated the conditions when his trial
Assuring that police arresting Kanu is
totally out of consideration, the Minister
said: “the other issue is that Nnamdi Kanu
violates bail conditions but it is not time
yet for him to go back to the court on trial.
We have this assumption but I think it is
left for the court that gave those conditions
to determine whether those conditions
were violated or not.
“If those conditions were violated, the
court knows what to do. We cannot assume
that those conditions are being violated.
Yes, the public knows those conditions
given but the determination of the extent
of violation will be left for the court.
“It is not like the police will go after Kanu
to arrest him on the grounds that he
violated the bail conditions. Kanu will have
a day in court and the court will determine
his fate because it is the court that gave
those conditions.” He equally spoke on why
the Federal Government and the law
enforcement agencies have not arrested
leaders of the Coalition of Northern Youth
Groups behind the quit order given to Igbo
in the northern part of the country,
explaining that they have been invited by
the Department of State Services (DSS) for
According to him; “the group that called
themselves coalition of Arewa Associations
that held a press conference in Kaduna
where they gave October 1 ultimatum to
the Igbo to quit the north as a response to
what they termed as issue of separatist
agenda of IPOB and claim that there are
lots of excitements from the Igbo against
northerners, of course, they later claimed
that the media quoted them out of context.
I am very much aware that the DSS invited
all of them, held a meeting with them to
which they made a statement to the effect
that what was reported in the media was
not what they said.
“They further wrote to the Acting President
indicating that they did not make inciting
statement as to the issue of violence or
forceful ejection of the Igbo in the north.
However, it was on the basis of that the
northern elders called them to also reaffirm
from them that what was reported is not
exactly what they meant.
“Secondly, it is something that the Kaduna
State government is handling since that is
where it happened. I want to think that it
was on that basis that the arrest was not
made. Again, there has been several efforts
to dialogue between the northern youths
and the Igbo youths. Several of such
meetings have been held including the
reported one a week ago but my
understanding is that these various groups
are trying to reach an understanding.
“More importantly, government has given
assurance when the Acting President met
with leadership from various parts of the
country that nothing is going to happen to
any person. Government has assured that
everybody should stay and continue normal